Stephen Curry scored 35, Kevin Durant had an efficient 30 and the Golden State Warriors beat the hard-fighting Portland Trail Blazers, 125-117 on Wednesday.
This was an impressive challenge from the Trail Blazers, who were playing without star point guard Damian Lillard. C.J. McCollum matched Curry’s 35 but the visitors faltered in the second half against the high-scoring Warriors.
Portland lost at Golden State over two weeks ago by 45 points, 135-90. Warriors also beat the Trail Blazers, 127-104 in their first meeting of the season early in November.
Efficiency for Kevin Durant
Durant had another efficient and all-around performance. The Warriors star was 9-of-16 from the field and added 2 steals and 3 blocks. Curry hit five three-pointers and added 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Draymond Green ran the offense well with 11 assists plus 9 points and 7 rebounds.
As with past match-ups between these two teams, this was a high scoring affair right from the start. Golden State led 40-34 and threatened to blowout the Trail Blazers mid-second quarter when they had a double-digit lead. But Portland made a run and got the 71-69 lead at halftime.
The Warriors regained the lead early in the third quarter and got the 99-92 advantage entering the final quarter. Golden State held of Portland’s rallies in the fourth quarter and the win, their 16th in 18 games at home this season.
After a sorry Christmas Day loss to rivals Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors have won four straight games. They face West rivals Memphis Grizzlies in their next game.
Portland continues to struggle losing eight of their last 10 games. The Trail Blazers get a chance to find their rhythm in their next two games facing lowly teams Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons.
Kevin Durant and the Warriors visit Portland on Jan. 29 for the final game of their season series.
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